The origin of today's Siberian Husky can be traced to a nomadic Indian tribe called the Chukchi.
The Chukchi's relied upon their dogs for transportation to hunting grounds-without them they would have died. Only the best in harness and temperament were allowed to breed. In fact, the female dogs were pulled from the team when pregnant to assure the safety of the pups she carried-these dogs were the Chukchi's most valuable possession.
The women of the tribe were in charge of the females and pups, and made the decision as to which would survive. The Chukchi children played a large part in this selection process, as the puppies were placed in bed with them for warmth. During the day, the pups and children were playmates so it is logical to assure that any ill tempered or aggressive pups would be not be tolerated. This ensured the prized quality temperament of dogs allowed to breed.
The Chukchi people were fiercely independent. Not only did they choose to live in one of the most barren and harsh regions of the Arctic, but they did not socialize with other tribes. They did barter with others when necessary for items such as tools, tea, and utensils. These "others" to the south had much larger dogs but could only harness six or eight at a time due to the aggressive nature of their dogs, while the Chukchi could harness a team of fifteen to twenty dogs who pulled in harmony, thanks to their careful breeding practice. The small "Chukchi dogs" became highly sought after due to their reputation as great hard working, well tempered, agreeable dogs.
Legend has it that the way you treat your husky in this life is how YOU will be treated in the afterlife.